Shell retains CHC for Prelude FLNG helicopter transfers

  • Infrastructure

Shell Australia has retained CHC Helicopter as the provider of helicopter transportation services to the giant Prelude FLNG facility offshore Australia.

Aerial view of the Prelude FLNG Facility with the Valencia Knutsen berthed side-by-side. Source: Shell
Aerial view of the Prelude FLNG Facility with the Valencia Knutsen berthed side-by-side. Source: Shell

“The new agreement continues CHC’s six-year relationship with Shell in this monumental project development,” CHC said on Tuesday.

Under the agreement, CHC will provide Sikorsky S-92 helicopters and crews for daily passenger transport and emergency flights between the Broome base and the Shell Prelude project, which is located approximately 475km north-north-east of Broome in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.

Refueling between Broome International Airport and Prelude will take place at Djarindjin Airport, which is owned and operated by the local Djarindjin Aboriginal Community.

Shell last week sent the first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the 488-meter-long and 74-meter-wide floating facility, dubbed the largest floating facility ever built.

Commenting on the Shell contract CHC Regional Director for the Asia Pacific Vince D’Rozario said: “We are humbled that Shell has once again chosen CHC to be its partner as Prelude moves into the critical production phase,”

He said that during the past six years, CHC has transported more than 50,000 passengers, and accrued over 10,000 flight hours.

CHC did not provide details regarding the contract value and length.

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